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If you have been an athlete at Bighorn CrossFit for any time at all, then you have probably had a conversation with at least one coach or fellow member about your goals and your overall progress. So, what happens when a deadline for your goal passes unfulfilled? The common wisdom is to say that “failure is not an option” but if we’re being honest with ourselves, haven’t we all failed at something? Realistically, failure is ALWAYS an option…but how often do we miscalculate failures magnitude?

I know first hand how frustrating missing a goal can be. Our development can be slower that we thought, unforeseen complications arise, and sometimes we just bite off more than we can chew. Anyone in the gym who has seen me (Coach Chris) overhead squat anytime in the past two years knows my struggle well. I have failed time and time again to meet my goals for overhead squatting. It wasn’t until recently that I was able to accomplish a true (although still very ugly) overhead squat rep.

So if we fail, what exactly do we do about it? The answer to that question is very simple.

If you miss your stated goal, you cannot focus on the seemingly arduous path that remains in front of you. Focus instead on where you came from. The challenges we face are different for every person in the gym, so by looking at where you are not, you forget about how far you have come. Every single day we prioritize the various tasks we need to accomplish, but sometimes the daily grind, mixed with all of life’s unforeseen circumstances can catch us off guard and prevent us from achieving what we set out to do. However, just because we aren’t where we want to be doesn’t mean we aren’t where we are supposed to be.  Progression, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem, is still progress. We continue to develop and move forward every single day.

Never let yourself discount your development by letting your competitive nature become a dominant trait. Instead, exercise humility, reset the focus, and adjust your goal. 

The common wisdom that “failure is not an option” is an irresponsible belief. In life, failures are unavoidable. As a community, we must strive to remind each other rather, that failure is not final.